Mother Drowns at Somerset Beach Trying to Save Children

Somerset Beach, Tasmania

The seemingly safe beach in Tasmania was witness to a horrible tragedy, when a mother drowned while trying to save her daughters.

The incident happened yesterday afternoon at the Somerset beach, when the 49-year-old woman and her two daughters, aged 9 and 10, found themselves in a tight spot while swimming at the beach.

According to information posted on their website, the Tasmanian police as well as the Tasmanian Ambulance Services were called at 5.50pm on Thursday, 7th January 2016 to the Somerset Beach. The call was about a mother with her two daughters who had an accident in the water. The authorities were told that the mother had  been dragged out of the water already and that bystanders were performing CPR on her.

Upon the arrival of the ambulance, officers performed CPR on the woman, while her daughters were being comforted by bystanders at the nearby Somerset Surf Club. The ambulance then carried the mother to North West Regional Hospital where she died a short time later.

Ambulance Tasmania duty manager Anton Bartulovic told The Advocate that one of the daughters was also taken to hospital but was declared to be in a satisfactory condition.

While speaking to ABC, Boyd Griggs, Lifesaving & Services Manager from Surf Life Saving Tasmania mentioned that Somerset beach was in fact considered a safe beach “We believe that they were just boogie boarding in front of the club but we’re not sure of the circumstances to how they got into trouble,” he said. “We do know there was quite a strong offshore breeze blowing so I’m not sure whether one of them had lost their board,” he added.

It is believed that the beach was not patrolled at the time of the mishap and the off-duty lifesavers, though present at the club, were about to go for some training. “They were just about to go and do some training at the club when they spotted the people in the water and went out and retrieved, rescued those people and brought them back to shore and then continued performing the CPR on the mum,” Mr Griggs said.

He further told ABC that the life savers have done a good job of saving the two girls. “The fact is these guys actually saved two others, so we could have had an even larger catastrophe than what we’ve actually had so far,” he said.

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